Training & Education

At WISHS we specialise in bespoke training packages in self harm awareness. Our training courses look at self harm in a different way to most courses. We deliver our training from a service user perspective whilst also incorporating professional aspects and clinical research. We aim to answer all the questions that you've never wanted to ask, in the hope that this will help you to understand why we self harm


The course is usually run over a full day 9.30-4pm and incorporates many aspects of self harm awareness. The day is interactive and aims to get delegates talking about self harm. Training packs are provided and all delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.


The day starts with looking at 'what is self harm' where we look at definitions, NICE guidelines, methods of self harm, prevalence, and recent studies. We encourage discussion, delegates participation and complete a number of activities in this area. 


The second part of the day moves on to 'why we self harm', where we talk about why our members say they self harm but also what clinical research tells us. We look at contributing factors and spotting the signs that someone may be self harming. Throughout the training we discuss the discrepancies between professional views/clinical research and service users experience, hoping to ignite discussions around difficulties that our delegates face when working with people who self harm. We also look at practical advice, referral routes, do's and dont's and brief intervention activities. 


The final part of the training is where our members bravely share their personal stories of their own self harm, why they started, what helped them and where they are today. This is followed by an open question and answer session where delegates are encouraged to ask any questions without fear of upsetting anyone.


The training has been written with both professional and service user input. Our trainers have delivered training to over 300 professionals, from nurses to foster carers, and have recently linked up with tier 2 CAMHS in Warrington to deliver joint training in the borough. 


The aim of the training is to give an insight into the world of a self harmer and how best we can be supported. All training can be tailored to your needs and can be held at a venue suitable to you.


We can also offer shorter sessions that can be run over half a day or a bitesize 1-2 hour session if required. We always advise a full day session due to the amount of information to be covered but are happy to deliver shorter sessions if required. 


Training courses are available for those working with adults or children and we are happy to travel to bring our training to you.


Due to the diverse nature of requirements we have a standard fee of £500 per full day training course which can be negotiated dependant on the clients needs and length of training. We also offer a discount for block bookings. We allow up to 20 delegates per training course. 


We can offer consultations for health and non-health professionals but this will be dependant on volunteer availability


If you wish to book a training course or if you would like to find out what we can offer for you or your organisation please contact


*We currently have no community courses for individual bookings but these will be coming soon*.